Hope, Strength, and Healing for families coping with a child cancer diagnosis

Meet Keaton Kiddo ~ Ryland

Ryland, is 8 months old and was recently diagnosed with Leukemia, a cancer of blood cells and bone marrow, on March 10th, 2020. Ryland is an adorable little kiddo who enjoys watching “Babybum”.

After his diagnosis, Ryland’s family was commuting between Magalia and Sacramento so that he could receive his treatment at UC Davis. During the beginning of his treatment and due to the impact of COVID-19, Ryland’s parents were unable to both be at bedside with him while he was admitted. While mom remained by his side, Ryland’s father continued to commute two hours between Magalia and Sacramento and even rented hotels nearby to be by Ryland’s side. Thankfully, the family is now staying at the Ronald McDonald House while Ryland receives further treatment for the next few weeks!

After connecting with Ryland’s family, the Family Navigator Team has supported the family with a personalized Hope Chest, food cards and Raley’s grocery bag donations. We were also fortunate enough to collaborate with an outside organization, Chicks in Crisis, and support the family with some diapers and wipes donations for Ryland!

Thus far, Ryland has been responding fairly well to treatment and is remaining a strong little fighter!

“As of a few days ago, he is 80% cancer free” – Ryland’s mom, April 28th, 2020

The family has expressed so much gratitude towards Keaton’s and continues to be positive and hopeful! The Family Navigator Team is more than happy to continue connecting with the family during their fight against childhood cancer and throughout their journey!

Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – MJ

May of 2021 started like any other month. Our family was enjoying the warm weather and spending time with friends and family. Unfortunately, May was the month that our world would change in a way we never expected.

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Yazmine

During the week of July 17th, 2023, Yazmine hadn’t been herself.  She’d been running fevers on and off and wasn’t eating.  She had no energy and only wanted to sleep.  Then, on July 19th, her dad’s birthday, we decided that I would take her to the ER for a quick check up and be back in time to make a birthday dinner.  Little did we know everything would change on that day.  

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Meet Keaton’s Kiddo – Kodiak

In the Fall of 2023, Keaton’s Kiddo Kodiak was diagnosed with two rare and aggressive forms of cancer: Mixed Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) also known as ‘preleukemia.’

Their journey began one year earlier, in the Fall of 2022, when Kodiak was struck with a series of different seasonal illnesses. Kodiak’s mom Tonya shares: “In September, he got COVID, and then in November it was the flu, and then December RSV.”

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